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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Joe Biz Movie Trivia - Ridley Scott - Prometheus

Prometheus Top Ten


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10.  designer H.R. Giger, who worked on the original design of the Xenomorph Alien (1979), was brought in to assist in reverse-engineering the design of the Aliens in the film.
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9.    The "beginning of time" sequence that opens the film was shot in Iceland. The whole shoot took two weeks to complete.
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8.   To prepare for his role as the android David, Michael Fassbender watched Blade Runner (1982) (a Ridley Scott film), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), The Servant (1963) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (mentioned by Peter Weyland). Fassbender also studied Olympic diver Greg Louganis, drawing inspiration from Louganis's physicality.
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7.   Ridley Scott suggested that an Engineer was sent to Earth to stop humanity's increasing aggression, but was crucified; the implication being that it was Jesus Christ. He felt though that this would be too obvious a religious allegory for the film.
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6.   Charlize Theron found herself struggling during her action scenes due to her smoking habit, particularly the segments that required her to run through sand in boots weighing 30 pounds (14 kg).
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5.   During the scene in which the Hammerpede erupts from Millburn's corpse, Ridley Scott did not inform Kate Dickie about what was to occur in the scene and thus her screaming reaction was real.
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4.  During the on location segment shoot in Iceland (the movie's opening sequence), Noomi Rapace, who was partly raised there, was able to visit her family.
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3.    In May of 2012, Guillermo del Toro declared that his long proposed adaptation for "At the Mountains of Madness" was indefinitely delayed as he felt Ridley Scott's film was extremely similar to the approach he penned for H.P. Lovecraft's novella, even to the point of having "scenes that would be almost identical. Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same big revelation (twist) at the end."
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2.  In 2002, Aliens (1986) director James Cameron discussed ideas for a fifth Alien (1979) film with Ridley Scott, with the intention that Cameron would produce the film with Scott directing, and Sigourney Weaver returning to star in the lead role of Ripley. However upon discovering that 20th Century Fox were developing the crossover film AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), Cameron ceased all work on the project, believing that the crossover would "kill the validity of the franchise." Though Cameron went on to state that he would never again work with the Alien franchise, Scott eventually ended up reworking their idea into this film.
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1.   The film was originally envisioned to be a straight-up prequel to Alien, via a script written by Jon Spaihts  called "Alien: Engineers". Ridley Scott then contacted Damon Lindelof for advice on the script, and was told to rein in many of the parts that made it an identifiable Alien film (including the fact that it was originally set on LV-426, the site of the Derelict Ship from the first two films) and make it an original creation. This, coupled with Spaihts supposedly constraining Scott's vision, led to Lindelof being hired to rewrite the screenplay. It took another four drafts (and more than a year of pre-production time) to get the script to a point where everyone was happy with it, and even then the cast and crew (as evidenced by their remarks in the Blu-Ray materials) seemed convinced that they were shooting a prequel that led into the original film.
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